OJ Simpson 'likely to be granted release from prison on Thursday'
Orenthal James Simpson, pictured in May 2013, has been in prison for almost nine years for armed robbery (Picture: AP)

Orenthal James Simpson – known as O.J. Simpson – is likely to get parole on Thursday, after almost nine years in prison for armed robbery.

One of Simpson’s former attorneys believes that it’s basically certain he’ll be granted parole, meaning he’ll be released on October 1.

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‘He’s going to get parole,’ Yale Galanter, who represented Simpson during his 2008 robbery trial, told USA Today.

‘Parole in the state of Nevada is really based on how you behave in prison, and by all accounts he’s been a model prisoner.

‘There are no absolutes any time you’re dealing with administrative boards, but this is as close to a non-personal decision as you can get.’

Simpson, now 70, was convicted of attempting to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint from a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.

OJ Simpson 'likely to be granted release from prison on Thursday'
Simpson was attempting to steal sports memorabilia from a hotel room in Las Vegas (Picture: AP)
OJ Simpson 'likely to be granted release from prison on Thursday'
OJ Simpson with his defence attorney Robert Shapiro at his murder trial in 1994 (Picture: AP)

The following year he was found guilty of 12 counts, including robbery and kidnapping, and was sentenced to 33 years in prison with a minimum of nine years.

But the trial he’s most well remembered for is the one in 1995, in which he was acquitted of the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Despite being found not guilty that year, Simpson was later found responsible for the pair’s deaths in civil court, and ordered to pay a £33million fine.

OJ Simpson 'likely to be granted release from prison on Thursday'
Simpson, centre, reacting as the jury finds him not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend in 1995 (Picture: AP)
OJ Simpson 'likely to be granted release from prison on Thursday'
Simpson on June 21, 1995, putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves presented during his double-murder trial. The gloves appeared to be too tight (Picture: AP)

The trial turned into a media circus, and attracted 150million viewers at the time – 57% of the US population.

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Parole officers in Carson City, Nevada, are now keen to minimise ‘distractions’ when it comes to the upcoming hearing.

‘The media interest in this one case is a disruption to our operation,’ the parole board said in a statement.

‘A decision is being made at the time of the hearing so that the board’s operation can return to normal as soon as possible after the hearing.’